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NEXT Venture Pitch 2021 Gears Up for Largest Gathering of VCs in Greenville History

2021 NEXT Venture Pitch event to make history with the largest gathering of venture capital firms in Greenville history, alongside renowned keynote speakers, executive education, and more.

(Greenville, SC) – The agenda for the 6th annual NEXT Venture Pitch is set to wow: a half-day conference packed with educational content from first-rate speakers, expert panels, and some of the top venture investors in the country judging top Carolina entrepreneurs as they compete live in a shark-tank-style competition.

Tickets for the September 16th event are on sale now-but those interested in attending should act sooner rather than later as tickets historically have sold out in the weeks leading up the event. Parties interested in pitching at the event should apply today, as the deadline for pitch applications is midnight on Sunday, August 15th.


The panel of judges for the pitch competition at NEXT Venture Pitch 2021 is confirmed, with more than 20 investors representing world class funds from across the nation who will participate in live Q&A sessions with on-stage pitch presenters. Firms that will be represented by the judges panel include:



While the opportunity to pitch at NEXT Venture Pitch alone can help companies poised for growth get their foot in door with VCs, the winner of the NEXT Venture Pitch competition gets more than just bragging rights - they’ll also secure a highly coveted spot to pitch on stage as a Presenting Company at the Venture Atlanta 2021 Conference in October.


Believe it or not, the opportunities for growth and education don’t stop there.

Rodney Rogers, known for his leadership contributions in the realization of two back-to-back “unicorns”-start-ups that achieve billion-dollar valuations- will be kicking off the NEXT Venture Pitch conference as the opening keynote speaker. Rodney has been the recipient of numerous technology industry awards including being a 3-time E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, an Intel Capital Entrepreneur/Exit of the Year winner, and an American Business Awards CEO winner.


True to the core mission of NEXT Venture Pitch is educating and empowering entrepreneurs for impactful growth- which is why this year, an additional Entrepreneur Leadership Series is being offered on the morning of September 16th. This series is designed exclusively for founders and CEOs and will feature 3 expertly-led sessions.


This packed agenda is set to ignite sparks among the best and the brightest of the Carolina's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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ABOUT NEXT VENTURE PITCH Now in its sixth iteration, the NEXT Venture Pitch Conference is a half-day venture capital conference that brings together high-growth entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, world-class speakers, and more to establish Greenville as an innovation and entrepreneurship hub in the southeast. For more information, visit https://www.nextventurepitch.com/ ABOUT NEXT NEXT is an entrepreneurial support organization that attracts and helps high-impact, knowledge-based companies grow by developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem and connecting entrepreneurs to it. NEXT currently supports over 120 knowledge-based companies in Upstate South Carolina. For more information, visit www.nextsc.org CONTACT: Susan Durden | 864-735-7516 | sdurden@nextsc.org


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